The White Navy

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The White Navy

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Russian Coalition

Russian Coalition

The Design Process

With its massive landmass and vast population, the Russian Coalition is a lumbering behemoth. The resultant might it wields on the world’s stage is staggering indeed. Carrying this feel across to the models was the base point around which the general aesthetic was built, although there were other influences. The work of the traitor Markov is one of the fundamental moments in the Dystopian Wars’ escalating conflict, and so defection to his native Russia had a high degree of influence upon the design process. A keen eye can spot common aesthetic elements with the Russian Coalition and Covenant of Antarctica model ranges, with a key difference being that the Russian examples tend to be of a cruder and simpler basis. Nonetheless, in the business of warfare, they are no less effective. To summarise, the Russian aesthetic is based around their tactical philosophy; their turrets mainly arranged into forward facing salvos, and their hulls matching the angular forward momentum of their deadly style of combat.

Russian Coalition - Naval Battle Group

Russian Coalition - Naval Battle Group

Russian Coalition - Borodino Class Battleship

Russian Coalition - Borodino Class Battleship

Russian Coalition - Borodino Class Battleship

Russian Coalition - Borodino Class Battleship

The sloping hulls layered with ablative armour plating are a key element to the majority of the Russian naval models. It forms the hulking tiered foundation of the Battleship, giving it an intimidating profile from almost every angle. More so than the other ships (with the notable exception of the Dreadnought), the Battleship is accentuated by the addition of the plating on the prow giving the vessel an added element of crude forward momentum. At the centre of this ship is the superstructure, arranged in a tight circle about the ship’s power plant. The asymmetrical nature of the smokestacks is symbolic of the maddening industrial labyrinth of engines and machinery concealed below decks in this central compartment.

For all its complexity, the Russian Battleship, like all the Russian models, is at its core a small set of simple geometric shapes; triangles and circles, expounded out and perverted into this industrial nightmare, bristling with turrets and broadsides to create a truly fearsome vessel.

Russian Coalition - Suvorov Class Cruiser

Russian Coalition - Suvorov Class Cruiser

Russian Coalition - Suvorov Class Cruiser

Russian Coalition - Suvorov Class Cruiser

Cruisers tend to be the first models designed for any Nation as they are a proof of concept that defines the aesthetic for entire factions. At a centre point between the large and small classes of models, the basics that go into cruisers are extrapolated outwards to form the general aesthetic across the board. The Russian Cruiser was the first model made for the Russian Coalition. It was an idea that was carried along and refined since the early days of Dystopian Wars’ development, bouncing between simpler, sleeker designs to more elaborate and exaggerated aesthetics. Finally, we settled on the strikingly industrial model you see today.

We decided to add a little extra flavour to the Russian models by removing the smokestacks to form a separate piece. This asymmetrical mass of smoke funnels, cabins and miscellaneous machinery can now be positioned to face any direction to add a level of customisability to the models for a unique touch to every ship. With several variants placed facing any direction, players can have several squadrons of Cruisers without any being identical. This central circle became a key element of the Russian design ethos, and building the ships around this core became the basis for all future models.

Russian Coalition - Novgorod Class Frigate

Russian Coalition - Novgorod Class Frigate

Russian Coalition - Novgorod Class Frigate

Russian Coalition - Novgorod Class Frigate

Sometimes history can prove that the mad ideas for the tools of war that are commonplace in the Dystopian Wars universe are not always the sole property of fiction. Researching failed prototypes and concepts for machines of war is always good food-for-thought going into developing new ships, and so when we came across the Russian attempt to create a circular ship, it was too good an opportunity to pass up.

The Russian Frigate differentiates itself from the rest of the small ships in Dystopian Wars with its unique shape, the makeup of which turns it into a sort of floating turret with an interesting level of manoeuvrability. Each Nation has a few little unique off-the-wall models that break the status quo for the rest of the game, and the Russians are no exception. The added benefit of Sturginium-enhanced alloys and other scientific contraptions have gone a long way to solving the technical setbacks that plagued the real life analogue to this ship, but it is not altogether unscathed; piloting and navigating a circular vessel is a tricky task indeed and Russian Frigate Captains must get used to its dizzying behaviour on the high seas.

Russian Coalition - Myshkin Class Bomber (with Tiny Flyers)

Russian Coalition - Myshkin Class Bomber (with Tiny Flyers)

Russian Coalition - Myshkin Class Bomber

Russian Coalition - Myshkin Class Bomber

With the Russian naval vessels featuring mostly a pronounced dagger-like shape, it was a tricky task translating this into the aerial vessels. Adding to the mix the vast array of differing aerial models that exist for the current faction, it was difficult coming up with something suitably unique that also featured the industrial and obtuse nature of the Russian aesthetic.

The flying vessels ended up taking a heavy dose of Markov; the bastardised offspring of the basics of the Covenant’s air fleet combined with the cruder technology of the Russian Coalition. Spheres play a large part in the Antarctican aesthetic, and this carries over to the Russians in a very different manner. Supplanted from the core of the ships to the front, the hard shell of the bomber forms a massive armoured plate that allows the delicate propulsion technology to remain concealed until the bomber had made its first run. While visually the armament does not carry the same front focus that the rest of the ships have, the shape of the vessel itself makes the same argument in its stead.

Russian Coalition - Tiny Flyers

Russian Coalition - Tiny Flyers

Designing Tiny Flyer Tokens tends to be more a game of making tiny objects that are instantly identifiable on the table in order to avoid confusion for the player. This is why most Tiny Flyer Tokens carry radically different concepts; the Kingdom of Britannia boast traditional biplanes, the Prussian Empire have forward swept wings and so on. With a lot of ground already covered by the existing factions, a new concept for the Russian Coalition was tricky to find.

In the end we established a swept-back biplane design that featured oversized engine compartments and an overly large fuselage. This carries over the general feel of the Russian Coalition ships – industrial, while being a suitably menacing addition to the skies above the battlefield.

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